Just as with most complex functions, programming your manufactured product to perform certain actions requires careful planning and precision. Achieving proper programmed maintenance is crucial to the success of your manufactured product. The many differences between a manual or automated system vs. a computerized automatic system, however, add confusion to even the most experienced technical and manufacturing personnel.
As opposed to an automated manufacturing machine that can take over for routine maintenance tasks at just the right moment, the most routine, everyday operation requires some level of human supervision. One of the most common mistakes made by the less technically-experienced in programmed maintenance is failing to ensure that steps are taken to prevent obstacles from blocking the path to reaching the desired step in the maintenance process. By the time these minor problems become major obstacles, your manufacturer’s warranty may be in jeopardy.
The best method to develop a good start, however, is to understand the entire maintenance process. It is important to understand the “why,” “what,” and “how” of programmed maintenance procedures. Understanding how the automated system is used to achieve scheduled maintenance tasks can help you address problems early on rather than prolonging the maintenance period or failing to complete scheduled maintenance at all.
Defining the requirement that led to programmatic maintenance is one key step. Often, manufacturers have experienced troubleshooting skills that they rely on to accurately estimate the required maintenance changes for their programmable machine. The most successful programs have identified the unique challenges of each manufacturing scenario to aid in the determination of the appropriate maintenance strategies.
The most often mentioned primary maintenance challenge is the inability to get to the maintenance work site in a timely manner. But, even in a well-designed program, most manufacturers still experience the difficulty of scheduling maintenance tasks in the desired order so that they are accomplished before the next scheduled maintenance task. In addition, the programmatic maintenance process in most cases is based on specific shifts to accomplish the planned maintenance tasks, which can be difficult to keep consistency between different shifts.
Some manufacturers spend an inordinate amount of time trying to control routine maintenance activities that result in ineffective maintenance practices. An example of this practice occurs when maintenance tasks are left until a predetermined time to determine whether or not a problem exists. If a problem does not exist, the task must be completed immediately in order to get the scheduled maintenance completed and to not interfere with future scheduled maintenance tasks. This practice increases the possibility of a problem being missed and produces negative results.
The challenge of having a maintenance schedule that is not followed can cause a complete failure of a program. While some of the maintenance is occasionally delayed, failures are most likely when scheduled maintenance tasks are delayed so long that no maintenance is completed. A common problem is that programs that are re-run frequently do not pay attention to particular instances of failed scheduled maintenance. Failure to remember specific failures can cause accidents or other consequences, or worse, failure to recognize potential issues that can lead to serious damage.
Programming errors include failing to implement maintenance management techniques or procedures. It is also a common problem to leave maintenance tasks incomplete or insufficiently-completed, even when a maintenance management program has been implemented. It is important to review and re-evaluate the entire maintenance process when these common programming errors occur.
Since all automated systems are subject to wear and tear, scheduled maintenance may cause scheduling difficulties or delays in the maintenance cycle. Programs that are properly designed to properly monitor maintenance, re-program, and schedule scheduled maintenance can prevent scheduling problems, but may only prevent them from occurring in the first place. A successful programmed maintenance program does not have to be one hundred per cent accurate but does require simple and accurate monitoring of the program.
Even the most advanced and most frequently-used programs can be improved by implementing the most basic rules of a maintenance schedule. The most important rule is to ensure that the automatic repair schedule for any routine scheduled maintenance work is designed to be successful. Careful attention to details of the maintenance schedule is necessary for a well-implemented maintenance program.
To maintain the scheduled maintenance work in the planned sequence and for the required time, it is necessary to ensure that automatic repair is scheduled and performed for the scheduled repair interval. is met. Scheduling maintenance tasks using manual techniques can create problems that need to be corrected before they are costly, and in some cases need to be replaced by repair and replacement.